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Teachers against function
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 18
Various educationists, professors, scholars, and the SGPC officials were dismayed over the Teej function organised by Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, last evening.

A young lecturer, Dilbagh Singh, of the college had reportedly committed suicide. His body was recovered from the Narwana branch of Bhakra canal, near Ghanaur, on August 14. Inspite of the tragic incident, the college continued with the Teej celebrations.

Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, director, SGPC, expressed grief over the sudden demise of the budding professor and said the function could have been postponed.

“We are rapidly losing human values. We have become selfish,” said a staff member, on the condition of anonymity.

Punjabi Singer Satwinder Bugga was invited as the chief guest. He sung his hit songs, besides singing traditional songs and boliyan. Various competitions were also organised. Gurpreet Kaur was declared as Miss Teej.



Councillor’s effigy burnt
Tribune news service

Residents of Hallo Majra burn an effigy of the area councillor, Janat Jahan,during a protest on Sunday
Residents of Hallo Majra burn an effigy of the area councillor, Janat Jahan,during a protest on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, August 18
The protest by Hallomajra residents against the area councillor, Janat Jahan, turned out to be a mere mockery.

The residents had initially planned to demonstrate resentment against the councillor’s misconduct and burn her effigy but few residents turned up during the protest.

To show their strength, those protesting had to take support of the children playing nearby. For the children, it turned out to be a fun activity.



Road in need of repairs in Kalka, Pinjore, Parwanoo
Hemant Kumar
Tribune news service

Kalka, August 18
Residents of Kalka, Pinjore, Parwanoo and its vicinity have been facing much inconvenience following the recent rain in the area that has left various roads in deplorable condition.

The worst hit is the National highway-22 which passes through Pinjore and the link roads of Kalka. The main bazaar of Pinjore and Kalka gandhi chowk to Kalka-Parwanoo barrier stretch has also turned into a bad shape after the rainfall. The stretch of the highway opposite the BDPO office is posing serious threat to the commuters, as it has become an accident-prone area. The Pinjore-Mallah link road is also in a pitiable condition.

The link road from the Kalka-Rambag road, which connects with newly-constructed Pinjore-Parwanoo bypass, near Bitna village, is also in a wretched condition.

Due to the alleged apathetic attitude of the department of senior section engineer, IOW (Inspector of Works), the link roads of Kalka which fall under the department of Railway, was already in a sorry state from the last couple of years. The condition of the road has worsened now, owing to the recent rainfall in the area.

A visit to the link roads has revealed that most of the link roads, which are in a dire need of maintenance, have not been repaired and re-carpeted. The residents of the Railway colonies have alleged that the roads have not been repaired from last six years. They said the railway authorities had started the maintenance of these link roads, but left in a lurch. The deteriorating conditions of the link roads have reportedly hiked the number of accidents on the stretch.

The link roads from the Kalka GRP police station to Kalka main bazaar and NH-22 connecting with the Broad Gauge Railway colony are in a neglected state, causing inconvenience to the pedestrians and the riders of the two-wheelers. The internal link roads connecting the NG Railway colony to the Northern railway workshop is also in deplorable condition.



Teej celebrated with fervour
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 18
On the occasion of the Teej function at Baba Zorawar Singh Baba Fateh Singh Senior Secondary School Fatehgarh Sahib today, Dilpreet Kaur was adjudged as Miss Teej and Navpreet and Komaljeet Kaur were declared as the runners up in a contest.

Pawan Preet Kaur Libra was the chief guest.

Various competitions were organised on the occasion such as mehndi competition, kikli, preparing malpude. The students also presented an impressive cultural programme.

Meritorious students and those who excelled in sports and cultural activities were honoured.



Blood donation camp
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 18
Giani Ditt Singh Welfare Society organised a blood donation camp at Aggrawal Dharmashala, Bassi Pathana, today. Sant Baba Dalwara Singh inaugurated the camp.

Lakhbir Singh Thabla, former chairman, market committee, was the chief guest. Sub-Divisional Magistrate Sukhdev Singh Mahal, Bassi Pathana, and Mandeep Kaur Nagra, wife of MLA Kuljeet Singh Nagra, were the guest of honour.

As many as 100 units of blood were donated to the Punjab State Blood Transfusion Council and Civil Hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Lakhbir Singh applauded the efforts of the Giani Ditt welfare society which has been working for the welfare of the general public.



Five arrested for taking away cellphones
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
With arrest of five persons, including a juvenile, the Chandigarh Police claims to have solved two cases of cellphone robbery reported a few days ago.

Sheetla Parsad, a resident of Deep Complex, Hallo Majra, reported to the police that some unknown persons robbed him of his mobile phone and Rs 500 from her near Delhi Sweets, Industrial Area, Phase II, on August 13. In another case, two pedestrians were robbed of cellphones from near Poultry Farm Chowk, Industrial Area.

The police said a special team of the crime branch was constituted to nab the accused. “The police laid a trap at Sukhna Bridge near Dariya and apprehended the accused following a tip-off,” said a police official.

The accused have been identified as Pappu Kumar, Sagar, Amit, alias Parcha, Sandeep Kakra, alias Deepu, and a juvenile, all residents of Ram Darbar, Phase II. The police has also recovered the cellphones from their possession.

The juvenile was produced in a court and was sent to the juvenile home. The other accused will be produced in a court on Monday.



Pankaj, Pareen win TT titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Pankaj Sidana of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, Chandigarh, and Pareen of DAV Public School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, won the Junior Boys and Girls Singles (Under-18) titles of the Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Championship.

Pankaj emerged winner by defeating Aditya Pandey of DAV-10 and Pareen defeated Inayat of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, to win under Under-18 titles.

Pankaj maintained a steady performance throughout the tournament.

In quarterfinals, Pankaj Sidana beat Sahil Sharma of Ryan International by 11-8, 11-8, 11-8.

In semifinal, he beat Shaurya Gupta of DAV by 11-5, 12-10, 12-10 and then in the final, he beat Aditya Pandey by 11-7, 11-5 and 11-7. He did not lose a single game in throughout the tournament.

Similarly, Pareen too played well. In quarterfinals, she defeated Richa Katoch of Manav Mangal, Sector 21, by 11-7, 11-9, 11-8. In semifinals, she beat Bhavya by 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 and then Inayat in finals by 11-9, 5-11, 11-3, 11-3.

Dev Saini of the Chandigarh TT Club and Kalyani of SD College, Sector 32, won the men and women singles title of Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Championship. He won the men singles title by defeating Rachit Chopra of Central Excise and Customs with 4-3. Kalyani defeated Nadia Saini of the FCI in the final by 4-0. Rahul Gupta, PCS Assistant Estate Officer, was the chief guest of the day and he distributed the prizes to the position holders.



Mansimran enables St Joseph’s to beat Shivalik School
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Deadly bowling spell by Mansimran Shergill (4 for 11) enabled St Joseph’s School beat Shivalik School by three wickets and enter in the quarterfinal match of the fourth St Joseph’s Inter-School League-cum-Knockout Cricket Tournament at St Joseph’s cricket ground here today.

Shivalik School won the toss decided to bat first. But there decision went wrong due to brilliant bowling performance by Mansimran Singh who captured four wickets giving just 11 runs. Another blower, Parminder, also took three wickets for 8 runs, as a result, Shivalik bowled out on mere 62 runs.

Chasing the target, St Joseph’s also lost three quick wickets in first five overs. But they managed to achieve small total of 62 runs for the loss of seven wickets.



St John’s lift football cup
Tribune News Service

Members of St John’s School football team strike a pose after winning Br Meredith Football Tournament at Sector 26 in Chandigarh on Sunday
Members of St John’s School football team strike a pose after winning Br Meredith Football Tournament at Sector 26 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, August 18
St John’s High School bagged the Br Meredith Football Tournament organised by St John’s High School in the memory of late Rev Br RI Meredith.

The home team emerged winner both in Under-14 and Under 17 category. It defeated St Kabir School, St John’s in the Under-14 final with 3 goals to their credit. In Under-17, the home team beat St Soldier’s School with 2 goals scored against them.

As many as 12 teams each from local schools participated in both the Under 14 and Under-17 category in this tournament held over the past 3 days at St John High School.

Both the final matches today saw hectic and tense moments with the confident home teams performing well on their school turf. Daman, Anil and Shivansh scored the three goals for St John’s School in the Under-14 category and Prateek with Akhil scored two goals in the Under-17 team for St John’s School to lead them to victory.

The tournament was held to commemorate Rev Br Meredith who had passed away in 2005 after a-38-year stint at St John’s High School, Chandigarh.

He was an avid footballer himself and trained the school football team for over 30 years.

Brother Meredith, a devoted class teacher and a geologist by the day, a football coach in the evening and an astronomer by the night, was a versatile personality.

Well known to most families in Chandigarh since 1967, he trained pupils to perfection on the football field. The football academy at St John’s High School was alive to his association with the school pupils who paid homage to him by the victory they achieved as an honour in his warm memory.

A former student of the school, Anil Malhotra, recounted his association with Br Meredith and football in school since 1967 and he gave cash prizes to the winners, runners-up besides honouring the referees and school staff, who helped organised the tournament.

At the prize distribution ceremony held at St John’s High School, trophies for winners, runners up besides individual awards for best striker, half back and best player of the tournament were awarded by Harjit Likhari, coordinator of the school.



Tennis tournament

Panchkula, August 18
Manav Mangal School, Panchkula, and Ideal Tennis Academy are jointly organising Lawn Tennis Tournament, from Aug 19 to Aug 24 at Manav Mangal School-11, Panchkula.

Qualifying matches for Under-14 were held today in which Karan Singh Bhalla defeated Vatsal Chauhan by 8-0. Shrut Mohan Nargeta defeated Udgam Aggarwal by 8-6. Siddharth defeated Navneet Singh by 8-1. Main draw matches will start tomorrow at 8 am till 4 pm at Manav Mangal School-11, Panchkula. —TNS



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